“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,
And He delights in his way.” 

(Psalm 37:23 – NKJV)


The Word of God tells us that the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.

Note that “the steps” is an all-inclusive term.

This means that both the good and the “bad” steps in the life of a Believer are ordered by the Lord.

I say “bad” because Romans 8:28 states, “We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.” (Amplified Bible) so this means that even though certain steps in our lives may bring pain, loss or adversity, because of God’s underlying purpose and intent for allowing them, even though they may seem bad on the surface, at the core these steps are good.

So, Man of God, Woman of God, where have the steps of your life taken you?

To a business deal that you prayed about and felt certain in your spirit would work out but it failed?

To being laid off by the employer you faithfully and diligently served for the past twenty years?

To a marriage you thought was “made in heaven” but seems crafted in hell?

To the sudden death of a loved one that has you reeling in shock and grief?

Proverbs 16:33 states, “The lot is cast into the lap, but the decision is wholly of the Lord [even the events that seem accidental are really ordered by Him].” – (Amplified Bible). – SELAH!

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.

The book of Job begins with this verse, “There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who [reverently] feared God and abstained from and shunned evil [because it was wrong].” – (Job 1:1 – Amplified Bible)

Job was an unquestionably good man whose steps were ordered in such an intensely calamitous way  (see Job 1:2 – 2:8) that Job chapter 2 verse 9, states, “Then his wife said to him, Do you still hold fast your blameless uprightness? Renounce God and die!”- (Amplified Bible)

Do you know what Job’s response was?

Verse 10 states, “But he said to her, You speak as one of the impious and foolish women would speak. What? Shall we accept [only] good at the hand of God and shall we not accept [also] misfortune and what is of a bad nature? In [spite of] all this, Job did not sin with his lips.” – (Amplified Bible)


In spite of the intensity of what he went through, Job kept a God-view of His situation…….Job recognized that his steps were ordered by the Lord.

What about you?

How do yo see the difficult situation that you are going through today?

Is your internal posture like that of Job or that of Job’s wife? – Selah!

If the latter, I challenge you to repent, lay aside your view of the problem and ask God to help you see it look through His eyes.

If you do this, by His grace, instead of a problem, you will see a possibility.

A possibility for unprecedented spiritual growth and maturity, a possibility for an exponential deepening of your relationship with God, a possibility that can transform you further into the image of Christ, a possibility designed to prepare and push you toward God’s purpose and destiny for your life.

So today, armed with this new perspective, don’t despise your problem.

Instead allow the pressure of your problem to prepare your person and produce the passion to push you into your purpose.

Rejoice for your steps are ordered by the Lord and His purposes and intent are always good.


“The steps of a [good] man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way [and He busies Himself with his every step].”

(Psalm 37:23 – Amplified Bible)

Be encouraged!


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